Projecting Colts’ starting offense after minicamp

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The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up minicamp this week and won’t be back together as a team until the start of training camp at the end of July.

While general manager Chris Ballard will continue to make moves here and there, the majority of the transactions that impact the starting lineup have already been made.

With a full offseason of work now under their belt, we have a better idea of what the starting offense looks like. They have a new starting quarterback in Matt Ryan while some positions like left tackle and Z wide receiver are still up for grabs.

Taking a view from 11 personnel (three wide receivers, one tight end), here’s a projection for the  starting offense following minicamp:

Quarterback: Matt Ryan

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No question here. Ryan has shown he can lead the offense and the locker after just being with the team for a few months.

Running Back: Jonathan Taylor

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The Colts held Taylor out of OTAs and minicamp for precautionary reasons. He’ll aim for his second consecutive rushing crown in 2022.

X Wide Receiver: Michael Pittman Jr.

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After a breakout campaign in 2021, Pittman Jr. is striving to prove he belongs in the conversation with receivers in a higher tier.

Z Wide Receiver: Alec Pierce

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The starting role won’t be handed to him, but Pierce has done a strong enough job during the spring that it may be his job to lose when training camp rolls around. The Colts have been very impressed with his work thus far.

Slot Wide Receiver: Parris Campbell

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Few players dominated the spring like Campbell did. Now, he just needs to prove he can stay healthy for an entire season.

Tight End: Mo Alie-Cox

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Alie-Cox has some big shoes to fill with Jack Doyle retired, and the Colts paid him in hopes he can step up into that role in 2022.

Left Tackle: Matt Pryor

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Rookie Bernhard Raimann still has a chance to win the job in training camp and the preseason. But if we’re projecting, we have to go off of the information we have in front of us. As it stands, Pryor took the majority—if not all—of the first-team reps at left tackle during the spring.

Left Guard: Quenton Nelson

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The four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro is about to get paid handsomely on a market-setting deal.

Center: Ryan Kelly

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Kelly enters his seventh season as the starting center and is currently the longest-tenured player on the roster.

Right Guard: Danny Pinter

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He’s still seeing some work at center as Kelly’s backup, but Pinter is expected to be the starting right guard in 2022.

Right Tackle: Braden Smith

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Smith enters his fifth season as the starting right tackle.

Overview

Pos.

Player

QB

Matt Ryan

RB

Jonathan Taylor

X WR

Michael Pittman Jr.

Z WR

Alec Pierce

Slot WR

Parris Campbell

TE

Mo Alie-Cox

LT

Matt Pryor

LG

Quenton Nelson

C

Ryan Kelly

RG

Danny Pinter

RT

Braden Smith

 

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